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Tiberius, the largest city on shores of the Sea of Galilee, offers a fantastic view of the lake and the surrounded mountains.

The city was named after the Roman Emperor Tiberius, who ruled from 14-37 AD. It was a gift from Antipas, son of King Herod.

Tiberius plays an important role in history. After the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, the Council moved to Tiberius in the 2nd and 3rd centuries.

In the 6th century the Byzantine emperor Justinian built a wall around the city. After an earthquake destroyed Tiberius in 1033 the Crusaders ‘moved in’ close by the remains and Tiberius became the capital of the Galilee. In 1187 the Muslims ruled the city. In the 18th century the Bedouin Sheik Daher al Omar revolted against the Ottoman rulers and he and his son rebuilt Tiberius, erecting a fortress and surrounding wall. Tiberius continues to be the official centre of the Galilee.

Things to see: the Tombs of the Rabbis, The Great Mosque, St. Peter’s Church, the Church and Monastery of the Apostles. The Galilee Experience presents the history, geography and spiritual significance of the region.

There are many places to stay in Tiberius from youth hostels to 5-star hotels. There is an ample selection of restaurants, bar, cafes and clubs.